The streaming platform Twitch made an important decision after comments made on social network Twitter by Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, one of the site's most influential streamers.
As the US capital suffers violence from militias supporting US President Donald Trump, the Street Fighter streamer has openly supported these dangerous acts.
The American streamer thus cracked down on inappropriate and dangerous remarks calling for a new armed uprising after the events that took place in the United States Capitol, the seat of the American Congress located in the city of Washington. An activist was gunned down by police in the violent assault organized by pro-Trump forces – a siege that continues to this day.
In his tweet, Gutierrez associates his death with that of a martyr defending the values of the American President – “Make America Great Again” – and announces that the video of his death will be uploaded very soon.
“Will there be social unrest for the executed woman inside the Capitol today or will #MAGAMartyr die in vain? This video will soon be posted on [third party video sites without moderation, Editor's note] and it looks pretty gory.
PS Big Brother Twitter won't let me post the link so if you don't think big tech censorship isn't real, here are the facts ”
“PogChamp” removed, a replacement is coming
These comments, and the various appeals from other scandalized content creators, prompted the site to promptly remove the popular “PogChamp” emote from its effigy. Explanations for its withdrawal were given via the official Twitter account:
“We have decided to remove the PogChamp emote in the face of the emote's effigy encouraging further violence after that which took place on Capitol Hill today. We want the feeling and use of Pog to continue – her meaning is much more important than her effigy or image itself – and she holds a big place in Twitch culture. However, we cannot continue to allow conscientious use of his image. ”
The site also announces that it is working in partnership with the community " to create a new emote for the hottest moments on Twitch ."
We've made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today.
– Twitch (@Twitch) January 7, 2021